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Easy 5 Step Chili

If there is one dish (that doesn’t involve squash or apples) that reminds me of Fall and Winter, that is chili.  When I was a kid, I remember going to chili dinners for my brother’s boyscout troop every fall.  I also remember not being very happy about going to them because, I’m not  a huge fan of beef, or spicy, so going to go eat some beefy chili was not something I was very excited to do.

For the past few weeks, my husband has been asking me to make him chili.  I do enjoy cooking, so I would make it just for him, but it is always better – and more efficient – if I plan on eating the same thing for dinner.

So today, I decided to make chili – and have it for dinner.

I used Jessica’s recipe from How Sweet It Is.  You can find the recipe here.  I only changed a couple of things about her recipe.  I didn’t add the cayenne pepper, because I can’t handle anything that is remotely spicy, and  I couldn’t find any cocoa chili powder, so Jessica suggested that I use regular cocoa powder instead – which I did, because really, how can you go wrong adding cocoa powder?

For my meat,  I chose ground chicken.  I know, traditionally chili is made with beef, but I prefer chicken to beef, and since my goal was to actually enjoy this meal with my husband, I decided to go for what I knew I would prefer.


I didn’t love that there were beans and onions in it, but it really didn’t bother me either.  Surprisingly, I also didn’t mind the ground meat texture.  I’m not sure if it was because it was cooked differently, or the fact that it was chicken so I trusted it more, but I liked the flavor and chunkiness of it in the chili.

The only thing that I have to complain about this recipe is that it makes a LOT of chili.  We will now be eating chili for the next week. But chili only gets better with age right? 🙂

Ease: A, the title says it all. Chopping of onions and garlic are involved, but other than that nothing more that a stir every once in a while is needed.
Taste: A, I actually really liked it.  The flavor was great, and I actually ate quite a bit of chicken out of it as well.  If you know me, you know that I tend to even pick around the chicken in chicken noodle soup, so this is definitely a good thing.

Would I make it again? Yeah I think so.  Next time I would add some small noodles to it, kind of like a chili/minestrone with chicken.  That sounds delicious!

What do you top your chili with?
I enjoy mine topped with shredded cheddar cheese.  My husband likes his chili with cheddar cheese and a dollop of sour cream. (as shown in the photo) However, he claims that he never had heard of putting sour cream on his chili until recently and now he loves it!

7 Responses

  1. Freeze it girl! We get so sick of chili by the 3rd or 4th day, so I always freeze 2 containers right off the get go. Glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

  2. That chili looks great! I love leftovers and especially leftover chili. Since it is just me and my husband, we usually half the recipes for chili and there are only one or two meals worth leftover. I agree with Jessica that freezing is a good option if you made too much. Maybe next time, you could just half it. 🙂

  3. I love chili anytime, especially in the winter and fall! I make a great red one and my finace (ha sooo not used to saying that yet!) makes an awesome green one. I have always put noodles like penne in my chili to give it some extra texture. We also really enjoy topping ours with cheese and sour cream (which helps take some heat away as well) and delicious fritos! I highly recommend trying fritos or a good tortilla chip for that extra crunch. 🙂

    • Yes, I forgot about the Fritos!!

      Isn’t it weird calling him your fiance? You’ll get used to it. And then you’ll have to get used to calling him husband! 🙂

  4. Looks good. And yes it does taste even better the next day.:)

  5. […] concept for me, but I discovered that I actually really like it.  Back in 2010 when I first made Easy 5 Step Chili, it was kind of like a switch turned and I became obsessed.  We made that chili so many times that […]

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